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AK Lecture 09: “Functional Hypothalamic Amenorrhea & PCOS”

June 6, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

Dr. Marlene Hager

Provided by: MGH Center for Faculty Development & Mass General Brigham

2023 Anne Klibanski Visiting Lecture Series 09
“Functional Hypothalamic Amenorrhea and PCOS – Interrelations and Differentiations”

The Anne Klibanski Visiting Lecture Series was created to support and advance the careers of women. These lectures offer the opportunity for women faculty from outside institutions that have hosted Anne Klibanski Scholars to present on their expertise, either alone or in tandem with an Anne Klibanski Scholar.

Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of this activity, participants were able to:

  • Recognize that in functional hypothalamic amenorrhea (FHA) patients without polycystic ovary morphology (PCOM), decreased anti-mullerian hormone (AMH) levels do not seem to be a sign of diminished ovarian reserve (DOR)
  • Indicate that the prevalence of PCOM in FHA patients is 30-50%, so the differential diagnosis between PCOS and FHA is a very common and important one
  • Identify that women affected by FHA showing PCOM tend to reveal some characteristics of PCOS – presumably some of these women were suffering from PCOS

Target Audience: This activity is intended for faculty and faculty trainees.
Course Director: Miriam A. Bredella, MD, MBA, Director, Center for Faculty Development; Professor of Radiology, Harvard Medical School

Presenter: Marlene Hager, MD, PhD, Clinical Division of Gynecological Endocrinology and Reproductive Medicine, Department of OB/GYN, Medical University of Vienna

Dr. Hager is a physician at the Clinical Division of Gynecological Endocrinology and Reproductive Medicine (Department of OB/GYN) at the Medical University of Vienna, where she’s specializing in IVF and Reproductive Medicine. From August 2022 to January 2023 she completed a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at MGH Fertility Center in Boston.


In support of improving patient care, Mass General Brigham is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Mass General Brigham designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


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